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Category Archives: Personal Reflections

An Energy That Grabs You: For Sophia – June

How do you decide things? Your gut responds with certainty. Emotions surface with compelling force. You recognise patterns from past experiences, in this life or another, and may think all this resides “inside you”. But that is only a particular perspective. There is another more liberating. Everything you identify as you—your body, mind, memory, soul, Read More…

My Hymn to Surya

The blue light of morning holds a promise. The ancient rishis knew that. But don’t just believe it, investigate for yourself. It is happening for me right now in a most serendipitous way. My effort to protect my garden here in Sardinia from wild pigs has me up each morning well before dawn, inspecting the Read More…

Il a Pris le Chemin de la Lumière

Two weeks ago I could not have written this. Even now I am not sure, reluctant to follow the thread of my thoughts but at the same time aware that it is time to reach out to my yoga friends. There might even be some yoga lesson to emerge from this, yet that is not Read More…

A Christmas Practice if You’re Hurting

At the darkest time of the year, we celebrate a festival of light. Christmas is a festival of light, lights twinkling from rooftops and windows, candle flames illuminating mantles and altars. In the stillness of a long ago night, it was a kind of miracle. A baby is born under a starlit sky. Three magi Read More…

Yoga on the Road

My yoga practice has taken a beating this past year. Yoga on the road is a challenging thing. In one place my floor is a slab of rough concrete, so I hold my headstand for less than a minute or sometimes forgo it all together. In another place my room is so cluttered with furniture Read More…

Seven Winds is a State of Mind

According to the South Indian calendar, on 15 July we entered Dakshinayana, the dark half of the year. You probably did not feel it. I sure didn’t. It was the height of summer here in California, many days up to 40°C or more, with balmy evenings and the scent of jasmine wafting heavenly on the Read More…

Where I Am Now: May 2016

Today is my last day in the Canadian Prairies. Of all the places in the world that I’ve never visited before and would love to see, this one never even made the list. It was not my kind of country. In all directions that the eye can see, the land is as flat as a Read More…

A Compliment from Hell

When I was in my mid-twenties, someone said to me once, “You’re really talented in cooking and sewing.” I didn’t like it. Yes, I knew it was meant to be a compliment. In the moment, I responded with an appropriately polite thank you. But inside it triggered a whole chain of negative emotional reactions . . Read More…